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House Passes “Fast Track” Trade

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, June 19, 2015 at 7:00am 6/19/2015 at 7:00am

Yesterday the House voted 218-208 to approve the “fast-track” Trade Promotion Authority bill. 28 Democrats sided with pro-trade Republicans, sending the measure on to the Senate.

The House took a previous vote on TPA last week, and passed the measure; however, the bill was paired with the TAA, the Trade Adjustment...

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Clean water debate continues in Congress

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 15, 2015 at 5:50pm 6/15/2015 at 5:50pm

Contrary to what the headlines are telling you, there’s more going on in Congress than the debate over “fast track” free trade agreements. At the end of last month, the Obama Administration worked via the EPA to drastically expand the power federal regulators have over private property owners.

The new “Waters...

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Fast Track Trade Talks Enter 11th Hour

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, June 12, 2015 at 8:30am 6/12/2015 at 8:30am

The debate surrounding congressional approval of “fast track” trade authority has officially taken a swan dive through the looking glass.

Obama wants it. House republicans want it. Democrats, for the most part, are ready to vote “no”—their union backers are making them more nervous than the White House ever could—even if...

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Senate Passes U.S.A. Freedom Act

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 5:36pm 6/2/2015 at 5:36pm

Today the Senate voted 67-32 to pass the USA-FREEDOM Act, a piece of surveillance (read: privacy!) reform legislation meant to extend key provisions of the PATRIOT Act, which expired Sunday night.

The USA-FA passed the House with supermajority, bipartisan support, but found a more hostile crowd waiting when it arrived in...

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Bipartisan amendment could hold up appropriations in House

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 2:48pm 4/30/2015 at 2:48pm

An unlikely alliance between a top Democrat, and a member of the conservative Freedom Caucus, has cast a trip line in front of the House’s “running start” on the appropriations process.

Last night, House Republicans delayed a vote on the first spending bill of the new session. The bill would have provided...

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Because it’s Friday: Speaker Boehner mows the lawn

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, April 24, 2015 at 4:15pm 4/24/2015 at 4:15pm

Earlier today, the Speaker’s office released a light, approachable (we’ll talk about this later), “Happy Spring” video from the Man himself, showing John Boehner purchasing and installing a new blade on his push mower.

Watch it here:

He may be the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, but he still...

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Is the Secret Service targeting Jason Chaffetz?

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, April 3, 2015 at 6:11pm 4/3/2015 at 6:11pm

Fact: the Secret Service’s reputation is circling the drain. Between fence jumpers, shots fired, and agents driving through active bomb investigations, House committee have been working overtime in an attempt to put out a dumpster fire that has been raging for years.

As for the Secret Service, they seem to be...

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Congress introduces sweeping anti-BDS legislation

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 4:22pm 2/10/2015 at 4:22pm

Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Congressman Juan Vargas (D-CA) have just introduced sweeping revisions to anti-boycott legislation long on the books, in order to counter the global and domestic anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Prior legislation countering the Arab League Boycott arguably did not apply to the BDS movement...

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What’s Next for Obama’s Executive Amnesty?

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 6:22pm 2/3/2015 at 6:22pm

Democrats threw up a roadblock today when they filibustered a GOP bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security while neutering years’ worth of Obama Administration policies favoring deportation amnesty.

As I said earlier today, GOP leadership had to have known this was coming. The Dems have been apoplectic over...

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Here’s what Congress is doing to #EndTrafficking

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 10:00am 1/28/2015 at 10:00am

Modern-day slavery.

When I lived in Texas, I learned more about the horror and despair of human trafficking than I ever thought there was to know. It’s the fastest growing business of organized crime, and especially in places along the border, it shows. It took me a long time to truly...

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Boehner prepares to sue Obama for executive overreach

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 3:30pm 1/27/2015 at 3:30pm

This morning, Speaker Boehner announced he’s working with House members to finalize a plan authorizing legal action against the President for his immigration executive overreach.

This latest effort is in addition to the work the House has already done to rein in immigration.

The House tried to limit the...

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House Select Committee on Benghazi Still Investigating (Updated with Video)

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 11:58am 1/27/2015 at 11:58am

Today, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Joel Rubin is testifying before the House Select Committee on Benghazi about the slow-going process of providing the Commmittee with over 40,000 additional pages of documents regarding the before, during, and after of the Benghazi attacks in October of 2012.

Well, he’s trying.

In between...

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House funding bill blocks Obama’s amnesty — Shutdown or Capitulation to follow?

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 3:00pm 1/14/2015 at 3:00pm

John Boehner gave a speech today that I could have written for him about Obama’s lawless immigration actions.

The speech hit all the right notes in connection with passage of a House funding bill for...

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Does GOP really no longer need Tea Party energy and activism?

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, January 9, 2015 at 11:23am 1/9/2015 at 11:23am

When I helped co-found a San Diego Tea Party group in 2009, one of our biggest action items was battling against Obamacare.

Our members dialed Congress relentlessly, believing our representatives might weigh the will of the people.  What ever delusions I had about that concept utterly vanished when then Speaker of the...

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Live Updates: the Vote for Speaker

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 11:52am 1/6/2015 at 11:52am

Here we go!

The Washington Post has the updated whip count as of 10 this morning. They have also confirmed Reps. Amash and Webber as firm “nos,” giving the anti-Boehner coalition 2 more votes toward an alternative candidate.

Boehner is predicted to lose more votes than in his previous bid...

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“Whip” It? Not likely to make a difference in tomorrow’s Speaker vote

http://youtu.be/2BtT2JDSGeE
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Posted by  ▪  Monday, January 5, 2015 at 6:18pm 1/5/2015 at 6:18pm
http://youtu.be/2BtT2JDSGeE

Tomorrow’s vote for Speaker of the House will bring a welcome end to what has become our long national right-wing nightmare.

According to reports from multiple sources, Boehner has drawn more fire this time around, and can expect to lose as many as 20 votes when the chamber finally votes.

“Washington is...

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